Between political bias emanating from Democrats and their adjunct, the Mainstream Press, few understand what constitutes a Conservative. There are also attempts to equate brain structure with philosophical interpretation. However, some psychologists, allow their own liberal bias to color scientific associations, thereby, negating any genuine value to their theories.
Depending on which dictionaries are consulted, definitions of a Conservative are similar. He or she is disposed to maintaining existing conditions, intransigent or simply living in the past.
To understand conservatives one must examine factors that influence their philosophical thought. Included are life’s experience, parental upbringing plus religious and educational teachings. Equally important is the individual’s interpretation of what constitutes right or wrong, fairness or unfairness, good or bad and safety or danger.
Over 60 years ago, a William Hearst newspaper columnist authored an explanation of what constitutes a Conservative and it remains valid today. He or she is one who believes the trials and errors of civilization, the risks and gains in history have produced a body of experience from which it is unwise to depart rapidly. Therefore, he or she is not a preserver of ancient forms but a conservator of that which has proven beneficial.
Generally, he or she accepts certain absolutes; in religion, for instance, God; in biology, that humans are created beings; in philosophy, that people desire free will; in economics, Capitalism; in politics, they believe in the right of people to choose their own government but, they do not believe government is all wise, all competent or should be all-powerful.